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July 15th, 2008
Birth of a Surgeon
Data: Global Maternal Mortality
The top ten countries with the best maternal mortality ratio*
Ireland – 1 ireland
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Bosnia/Herzegovina – 3 bosnia
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Denmark – 3 afghanistan
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Greece – 3 chad
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Italy – 3 somalia
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Sweden – 3 angola
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Australia – 4 rwanda
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Austria – 4 liberia
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Czech Republic – 4 czech republic
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Germany – 4 germany

United States – 8 usa

The top ten countries with the worst maternal mortality ratio*
Sierra Leone – 2100 sierra leone
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Niger – 1800 niger
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Afghanistan – 1800 afghanistan
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Chad – 1500 chad
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Somalia – 1400 somalia
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Angola – 1400 angola
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Rwanda -1300 rwanda
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Liberia – 1200 liberia
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Nigeria – 1100 nigeria
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Malawi – 1100 malawi
*Maternal mortality ratio is the annual number of deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes per 100,000 live births in 2005.
Source: UNICEF, The State of the World’s Children 2008

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